Second half keys
KALIDA — Kalida pulled away from Columbus Grove in the second half Tuesday night as the Wildcats claimed a 47-33 Putnam County League win.
The Wildcats were up 16-14 after a low-scoring first half before taking control in the second half with a 31-20 scoring margin.
Kalida extended their lead in the third quarter with a 14-9 scoring advantage, then held on for the win by outscoring Grove 17-11 in the fourth quarter.
Amy Smith led three Wildcat players in double digits as she scored 13 points, which included three 3-pointers. Kylie Osterhage added 12 points and Jackie Gardner had 11. Kalida hit 15-of-28 free-throw chances in the game as Gardner hit seven.
Sydney McCluer led the Bulldogs with 12 points. The Bulldogs chances were hurt by 27 turnovers against the Wildcat defense.
The Bulldogs are 0-2 and 1-7 and host Lincolnview in Northwest Conference action Thursday.
The win moved Kalida to 2-0 in the league and 6-1 overall as they prepare to face Crestview Saturday.
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Columbus Grove 14-31 2-6 33: McCluer 5-1-12; Stechschulte 2-1-5; Verhoff 2-0-4; Schroeder 1-0-3; Schumacher 1-0-3; D. Schramm 1-0-2; A. Schramm 1-0-2; Hoffman 1-0-2; Yinger 0-0-0.
Kalida 14-41 15-28 47: Gardner 2-7-11; N. Recker 1-1-3; Holtkamp 2-0-4; K. Recker 0-0-0; Smith 4-2-13; Turnwald 0-0-0; Honigfort 1-1-4; Osterhage 4-4-12.
Score by Quarters:
Col. Grove 8 6 9 11 - 33
Kalida 10 6 14 17 - 47
Three-point goals: Columbus Grove 3-8 (McCluer 1, Schroeder 1, Schumacher 1); Kalida 4-10 (Smith 3, Honigfort 1).
Rebounds: Kalida 23, Columbus Grove 16.
Turnovers: Kalida 18, Columbus Grove 27.
Junior Varsity: Kalida 32-21.
Reineke, Lehman pace Rangers over Lady Bearcats
SPENCERVILLE — New Knoxville rode 16 points from Meg Reineke and 15 by Paige Lehman to a 55-32 non-league girls hardwood victory over host Spencerville Tuesday night.
Abbie Freewalt led the Lady Bearcats with nine, while Alyssa Mulholland added six.
The Bearcats visit Allen East Thursday.
NEW KNOXVILLE (55)
Haley Horstman 9, Kaylin Schroer 1, Catlin Magato 4, Meg Reineke 16, Abigail Lageman 3, Madison Lammers 3, Rachel Leffel 2, Paige Lehman 15.
Schylar Miller 4, Alyssa Mulholland 6, Karri Purdy 2, Katie Merriman 3, Jacey Grigsby 2, Abbie Freewalt 9, Caitlyn Probst 4, Patricia Riley 2.
Score by Quarters:
New Knoxville 17 13 13 12 - 55
Spencerville 7 10 3 12 - 32
COLDWATER — Elida’s girls basketball team held off a late-charging Coldwater unit for a 60-59 non-league battle Tuesday at The Palace.
Coldwater outscored the Lady Bulldogs 20-10 in the fourth period.
Senior O’sha Owens had a great all-around game with 22 points, eight steals, six boards and five assists to pace the victors. Ashley Lowry added 12 markers and Kylie Downton 10.
Hannah Bruns led the Lady Cavaliers with 21 and Sarah Kanney 14.
Elida hosts St. Marys Memorial Thursday.
O’sha Owens 8-5-22, Ashley Lowry 4-4-12, Kylie Downton 5-0-10, Sabrina Kline 3-0-7, Torie McAdams 1-3-5, Brett Pauff 1-0-2, Carli Stetler 1-0-2, Cassidy Slusher 0-0-0, Ericka Smith 0-0-0. Totals 23/53-12/16-60.
Hannah Bruns 9-3-21, Sarah Kanney 5-1-14, Ali Dues 4-0-8, Brooke Welsch 3-0-6, Joelle Hemmelgarn 1-2-4, Karla Borgerding 2-0-4, Megan Muhlenkamp 1-0-2, Bridget Dues 0-0-0. Totals 25/57-6/8-59.
Score by Quarters:
Elida 17 19 14 10 - 60
Coldwater 14 15 10 20-59 Three-point goals: Elida 2-6 (Kline 1-2, Owens 1-3, Slusher 0-1); Coldwater 3-7 (Kanney 3-6, A. Dues 0-1).
Rebounds: Elida 20/3 offensive (Owens 6), Coldwater 24/7 offensive (Welsch 8).
Assists: Elida 9 (Owens 5), Coldwater 15 (Muhlenkamp 10).
Steals: Elida 13 (Owens 8), Coldwater 11 (Kanney 4).
Blocks: Elida 2 (Owens/Kline 1), Coldwater 0.
Turnovers: Elida 15, Coldwater 20.
Fouls: Elida 12, Coldwater 17.
JV score: Coldwater 44, Elida 21.
Panthers knock off Cougs
By JIM LANGHAM
PAULDING - Going into the second half of Tuesday’s boys basketball game at Paulding, Van Wert head coach Dave Froelich was fairly comfortable with the Cougars’ 25-20 lead, so much so that he was willing to gamble on keeping sharp-shooting A.J. Smith on the bench with two fouls.
That would usually be pretty good strategy, according to Froelich, but things didn’t quite work out the way he had hoped when the Panthers came back on the floor for the final 16 minutes.
Paulding head coach Shawn Brewer ran a couple of established plays in the first minute of the half with Kaleb Clemens and Neil Roehrig hitting back-to-back baskets. By the time less than three minutes had passed, the Panthers had outscored the Courgars 11-5 and grabbed a 31-30 lead over Van Wert.
Van Wert bounced back to establish a 4-point lead on a three by Smith and a quick 2-pointer by Kyle Keber. But a 3-point basket by Paulding’s Kyle Kauser and back-to-back buckets by Steven Strayer, who came in off the bench, lifted the Panthers to a 44-37 advantage that the Cougars couldn’t overtake.
“We turned it over way too many times,” said Froelich. “The second half was the worst defense that we played in a long time. That’s what happens when a team struggles to score. I know we turned it over 10 or 11 times that first half.”
Many of Paulding’s quick points early in the third quarter occurred when the Panthers took the ball inside and started to jam down the blocks to score.
“When they started doing that, we were trouble,” continued Froelich. “They hit a couple of shots and got it going and then they kept going. The momentum turned good for them but bad for us.”
For the contest, the Cougars were charged with 18 turnovers while Paulding accounted for 12 miscues. Van Wert outrebounded Paulding 32-29 while the Panthers shot the ball at a 45-percent clip and the Paulding defense held the Cougars to 36 percent shooting.
“I told the players at the half that we needed to do a better job attacking,” Brewer said. “We came out the second half with a couple of plays drawn up and it worked. The shots we were getting were quality shots and we started taking the ball to the basket. Our attack pressure was a lot better.”
Brewer praised the likes of Lance Foor, who led the Panthers with 22 points, Neil Roehrig, who tallied 12 points and Steven Strayer, who stepped it up to score six points at a crucial moment in the third quarter.
Joey Hurless led the Cougar attack with 19 points while Nik Wolford added 10 points for the local squad.
Van Wert’s overall record dropped to 5-2, while Paulding won its third game in succession to improve to 4-2.
In junior varsity action, Van Wert nudged Paulding 45-43.
Bluffton cleans the glass in 62-50 win over IU-Kokomo
By Ryan Schadewald
Sports information assistant
BLUFFTON — On Tuesday, the Bluffton University Beavers gave themselves an early Chrsitmas present and came out with a 62-50 victory over the Indiana University-Kokomo Cougars at the Sommer Center.
The Bluffton men improved to 3-6 on the season with the win, while the Cougars fell to 5-7 on the season. The Beavers were led by senior Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) who scored 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting and grabbed nine boards in the victory.
The home team started quickly by getting out to a 7-2 lead. The Cougars responded with a 5-0 spurt to tie the game at the 16:11 mark. However, after two Kinn free throws and a layup, Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) knocked down a jumper, making the score 13-7.
Four straight Cougar points trimmed the lead to two. Bluffton responded with a 7-0 run thanks to a Nate Chambers (Miamisburg) jumper, a Ryan Ebbeskotte (Fort Jennings/Delphos Jefferson) 3-ball and a Kinn layup at the 13:10 mark which made the score 20-11.
Chambers got to the rack and Josh Johnson (Ottawa-Glandorf) nailed a trifecta to get the Bluffton lead back to 10 points at the 9:02 mark. The Cougars cut it to five again but layups by Johnson and Tyler Neal (Bluffton) pushed the lead back up to nine.
IU-Kokomo opened the second half on another 5-0 spurt. However, that is when Dustin Kinn took over. He scored Bluffton’s first 10 points of the period. Layups by Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) and Ebbeskotte made the score 48-36 at the 12:04 mark of the second half.
Not ready to gift-wrap Bluffton’s Christmas present, the Cougars battled to within a deuce following a jumper by Jared Lawrence with just over five minutes to play. The home team sealed the deal, however, with a 10-0 run. After layups by Kinn and Fisher, Kinn added a couple free throws. Thayne Recker (Arlington) hit from in close and Fisher finished the game with a pair of freebies to make the final score 62-50.
The Beavers’ key to victory was found on the boards, where they outrebounded the Cougars 40-25, including 19 on the offensive glass which led to 21 second-chance points. IU-Kokomo also had four more turnovers than Bluffton (17-13). The Beavers were a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. This partially made up for their poor 4-of-20 (20 percent) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Beavers were led by Kinn’s 22 points, nine caroms and three assists. Fisher added nine points and a career-high eight boards. Neal chipped in with seven points and three boards, while Recker tallied six markers and three rebounds. Ebbeskotte, a sophomore, added career highs with five points and four rebounds.
The Cougars were led by Joby Renbarger who put up 14 points in a losing effort.
The Bluffton men are back in action after a 10-day hiatus to celebrate Christmas. They return to the Sommer Center on Dec. 28 to host their own McDonald’s Holiday Tournament vs. Wright State University-Lake Campus at 8 p.m. The first game of the tournament is slated for 6 p.m. and features #21 Ohio Wesleyan and Pitt-Greensburg.
Ranked Thomas More dominates Bluffton 95-62
By Jordan Marbaugh
Sports information assistant
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — The Bluffton University women’s basketball team suffered a tough defeat (95-62) at #11 Thomas More on Tuesday.
The Saints opened the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back. Thomas More led 50-32 at the break even though Bluffton knocked down 10-of-21 from the field (47.6 percent) in the first 20 minutes.
The Beavers came out in the second half and battled but the home team proved too much as Thomas More won the game in convincing fashion. Freshman Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) notched her second double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kaitlyn Pennekamp (Hamilton/Ross) added nine points, while sophomore Brenna Kurilec (Mt. Gilead/Gilead Christian) dropped in seven. Rachel DeBord (Lebanon) led the visitors with four assists. Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) added three assists and two steals.
Bluffton hit 20-of-48 (41.7 percent) from the field but the Saints were 35-of-66 (53 percent). The Beavers had a slim 34-32 edge on the glass but Thomas More negated that by forcing Bluffton into 27 turnovers, 17 more than the home team committed.
The women return to action Dec. 28 when they head to Holland, Mich., to take on Baldwin-Wallace in the Hope College Tournament. The game is set to tip at 5:30 p.m.